Family:Whitney, Daniel (1735-1801)
Daniel5 Whitney (Daniel4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of Daniel4 and Dorothy (Tainter) Whitney, was born 7 Dec 1735, Watertown, MA, baptized 19 Sep 1736, Watertown, MA, and died 26 Sept 1801, Watertown, MA, aged 66 years.
Daniel married, before 2 Apr 1775, Mary Harrington, daughter of Master Nathaniel and Mary (Kemball) Harrington. She was born 18 May 1748, Watertown, and died 20 Sept 1801, Watertown, MA, aged 53 years.
He was also known as Deacon Daniel Whitney.
"Whitney, Daniel, Westford. Private, Capt. Timothy Underwood's co., Col. William Prescott's regt. of Minute-men, which marched in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, Capt. Abijah Wyman's co., Col. William [p.211] Prescott's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 24, 1775; service, 99 days; also, company return dated Cambridge, Oct. 3, 1775; also, order for money in lieu of bounty coat dated Cambridge, Dec. 27, 1775; also, Private, Capt. Zaccheus Wright's co., Col. Brooks's regt.; company return dated Camp at White Plains, Oct. 31, 1776; said Whitney reported as in camp at White Plains and fit for duty; also, Capt. Joshua Parker's co., Col. Robinson's regt.; enlisted July 5, 1777; service to Jan. 1, 1778, at Rhode Island."
From the Watertown Church records, we have:
- "22 Oct 1780, Danl and wife Mary Whitney, adm. full comm."
- "Daniel Whitney had had a child baptized in the 'Third Church' by Mr. Robert Sturgeon."
- "Dean Whitney appointed to a committee, 3 Apr 1793."
- "1798. Contibutors to the Communion Table: Daniel Whitney, 3sh."
- "Dean Whitney appointed to a committee, 21 Oct 1799."
- "Dea. Daniel Whitney mentioned 17 Mar 1800."
- "Estate of Deacon Daniel Whitney mentioned 10 Feb 1802."
Watertown, MA, quitclaim of Francis S. Hooker, husband of daughter Catharine, mentions sons of deceased, Charles and Israel Whitney. On 3 Dec 1801, Watertown, MA, administration on his estate was granted to Charles Whitney, yeoman, of Watertown, who posted bond with Peter Harrington and Nathaniel Bright, yeomen, both of Watertown, as sureties. On 7 Apr 1802, Watertown, MA, his inventory was taken by Moses Coolidge, Leonard Bond, and Jonathan Brown, and was exhibited. On 10 Dec 1802, Watertown, MA, an administration account was recorded. On 4 May 1804, Watertown, MA, an inventory of his real estate was taken by Moses Coolidge, Leonard Bond, and Francis Bright. On 5 Jul 1804, Watertown, MA, distribution of the estate was made to children: Charles Whitney, Israel Whitney, Catherine, Dorothy, Grace, and Elisha.
Children of Daniel5 and Mary (Harrington) Whitney, all born Watertown, MA:
i. Mary Kemball6 Whitney, b. 2 Apr 1775; bapt. 5 Nov 1780, Watertown, MA; d. 2 Sep 1801, Watertown, MA; not mentioned in the distribution of her father's estate on 5 Jul 1804. ii. Katharine Whitney, b. 21 Feb 1777; bapt. 5 Nov 1780, Watertown, MA; m. (int. 8 Jan 1803, Rutland, MA, and 6 Jan 1803, Watertown) 17 Feb 1803, Watertown, MA, Francis Sergeant Hooker, son of John and Tabitha (Serjeant) Hooker. iii. Daniel Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1778; bapt. 5 Nov 1780, Watertown, MA; d. 19 Aug 1801, Watertown, MA; not mentioned in the distribution of his father's estate on 5 Jul 1804. iv. Charles Whitney, b. 16 Nov 1780; bapt. 26 Nov 1780, Watertown, MA; m. Ruth Chinery. v. Israel Whitney, b. 14 Aug 1782; bapt. 25 Aug 1782, Watertown, MA; m.(1) Sally Bernard; m.(2) Sally Mills. vi. Dorothy Whitney, b. 4 Aug 1784; m. Nathaniel Bright. vii. Grace Whitney, b. 6 Jan 1789; bapt. 25 Jan 1789, Watertown, MA; m. (int. 5 Dec 1807, Watertown, MA) 14 Jan 1808, Watertown, MA, Samuel Cook; on 30 Nov 1801, Watertown, MA, Grace Whitney, aged 12, and Elisha Whitney, aged 9, requested Nathaniel R. Whitney be appointed their guardian; in 1804, Watertown, MA, Nathaniel R. Whitney of Watertown was appointed guardian of Dorothy and Grace Whitney, minor children over 14 of Deacon Daniel Whitney of Watertown, deceased, and posted bond, with Edmund Fowle of Watertown and Jonathan Coolidge of Waltham as sureties; on 4 May 1804, Watertown, MA, Grace Whitney, minor over 14, chose Nathaniel R. Whitney as her guardian. viii. Elisha Whitney, b. 21 Jul 1792; bapt. 29 Jul 1792, Watertown, MA, m. Charlotte Williams.
- 1790, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA: Danl Whitney, 2 males over 16, 3 males 0-15, and 6 females.
- 1800, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA: Daniel Whitney, 1 male over 45, 2 males 16-25, 1 male 0-9, 2 females over 45, 2 females 16-25, and 2 females 10-15.
1.^ "Daniel Whitney, s. Daniel & Dorothy Whitney, b. 7 Dec 1735," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Fourth Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, from 1738 to 1822 (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, c1903), volume 3, page 116.
2.^ "19 Sep 1736, Simon, Daniel, Joanna, Abigail, Mary, Dorothy, ch. of Daniel Whitney, bapt.," according to Watertown Records, Comprising East Congregational and Precinct Affairs, 1697 to 1737. Also, Record Book of the Pastors, 1686-1819 (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1906), volume 4, page 142.
3.^ Scott Andrew Bartley, "Watertown, Massachusetts, Marriages, Deaths, and Other Events, 1797-1837," NEHGR 165 (2011), 201. Also, The New-York Gazette and General Advertiser, 12 Oct 1801, Volume XV, Issue 4927, Page : "DIED at Watertown, deacon Daniel Whitney; in the course of four weeks, death has taken from this truly afflicted family, a father, a mother, eldest son and sister, and there now remains dangerously ill another son and daughter." The Mercury and New-England Palladium, 29 Sep 1801, Volume XVIII, Issue 26, Page : "At Watertown, Deacon Daniel Whitney – Death! What wilt thou more? Within four weeks hast thou not taken father, mother, eldest son, and sister, and hast now almost elapsed in thy cold arms another son and daughter? Yes thou hast affailed every branch of this afflicted family – Gracious God have mercy on the afflicted. Ye feeling and compassionate, pass not unmoved by distress like this. Where once was peace and happiness is now sorrow and distress. Where once was heard the industrious hum of the wheel and shuttle is now the groans of expiring life. Dry up your tears ye that have ailed only common woe, for this family alone know real sorrow. They have drank even the dregs of affliction."
4.^ The date is based on the birth of their oldest child. Her name is from Frederick Clifton Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, (Chicago: 1895), p. 77.
5.^ Her parentage is placed thus due to naming her oldest daughter Mary Kemball Whitney, after her putative mother, Mary (Kemball) Harrington, together with her age at death agreeing with her birth record. This is in spite of Bond, who claims that Mary Harrington married, 6 Oct 1773, John Stimson.
6.^ Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town. With Illustrations, Maps, and Notes. Volume I, Genealogies (2nd ed., 1860), p. 280.
7.^ Scott Andrew Bartley, "Watertown, Massachusetts, Marriages, Deaths, and Other Events, 1797-1837," NEHGR 165 (2011), 201. Also, The Mercury and New-England Palladium, 25 Sep 1801, Volume XVIII, Issue 25, Page : "Died - At Watertown, Mrs. Mary Whitney, Age 53. consort of Dea Daniel Whitney, whose eldest son died on the 19th of Aug and his eldest daughter of the 20 (inst.)"; and Western Star, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 10 Oct 1801, Volume XII, Issue 47, Page : "Deaths: At Watertown, Mrs Mary Whitney, ae. 53, wife of Deacon Daniel W."
8.^ Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 volumes (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Co., 1896-), vol. 17, p. 211. Also appearing there, and possibly pertinent, is this: "Whitney, Daniel. Private, Capt. Samuel Barnard's co. of militia, Col. Thomas Gardner's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 6 days; roll endorsed "Watertown;" also, Capt. Phineas Stearns's co.; service, 5 days; company marched from Watertown by order of Gen. Washington to reinforce army at the time of taking Dorchester Heights in March, 1776; also, receipt dated Watertown, July 17, 1776, for bounties paid said Whitney and others by Jonathan Brown, Town Treasurer, for enlisting "as Soldiers in the Defence of this Country."
16.^ Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, file #24,623.
19.^ Scott Andrew Bartley, "Watertown, Massachusetts, Marriages, Deaths, and Other Events, 1797-1837," NEHGR 165 (2011), 201. Also, The Mercury and New-England Palladium, 4 Sep 1801, Volume: XVIII, Issue: 19, Page, : "DIED At Watertown, 2d of Sept. 1801, Miss Mary Kimball Whitney, oldest daughter of Deacon Daniel Whiney, aged 26 years. [The eldest son of deacon Whitney, died on the 19th ult]".
22.^ "Catee [Whitney] of Watertown and Francis Sargent Hooker, int. Jan. 8, 1803," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Rutland, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1905).
25.^ "Daniel Whitney, s. Daniel & Mary Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1778175.
27.^ Scott Andrew Bartley, "Watertown, Massachusetts, Marriages, Deaths, and Other Events, 1797-1837," NEHGR 165 (2011), 201. Also, The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser, from Monday, 17 Aug 1801, to Thursday, 20 Aug 1801, Volume XXXIII, Issue 2128, Page : "Death Notices: At Watertown, suddenly yesterday, Mr Daniel Whitney Jun. age 23, eldest son of Deacon Daniel W. - His funeral will proceed from his father's this day, at 4 o'clock P.M., at which time the friends and connections of the family are requested to attend, without further invitation." Also The Mercury and New-England Palladium, 25 Aug 1801, Volume XVIII, Issue 16, Page : "DIED At Watertown, suddenly on the 19th ins. Mr. Daniel Whitney AEt 23 years, oldest son of Deacon Daniel Whitney of that place. His deportment endeared to all his friends and acquaintance. The prudence, stability and vial aflection which marked his youthful life, happily qualified him to make the declining years of his fond parents both easy and happy ; but he who views not with human eyes, has undoubtedly taken him to supply a vacancy in a higher sphere, where he could be more useful than here on earth. On the 21st his remains were committed to the silent grave, attended by almost all the inhabitants of the town."
37.^ Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, file #24,626.